REGION – April marks the recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, two important causes being championed in the same month. Green Peak Alliance, a regional coalition of partners for healthier communities to reduce substance abuse and WISE of the Upper Valley, an organization working to end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change ask the questions, how do we look out for one another and how can we be good bystanders around alcohol use? If you witness someone in a vulnerable situation, don’t be afraid or hesitant to intervene and ensure that person is safe.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a campaign to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. The campaign theme, I Ask, champions the message that asking for consent is a healthy, normal, and necessary part of everyday interactions. Because drinking can impair one’s ability to communicate effectively, gaining clear, coherent, enthusiastic consent before sexual activity is essential to make sure everyone is safe. For more information, visit www.nsvrc.org/saam.
Alcohol Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol addiction, its causes, effective treatment, and recovery. It is an opportunity to decrease stigma and barriers to treatment and recovery. With this year’s theme – Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow – the month of April is aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alcohol addiction, particularly among our youth, and the important role that parents can play in giving kids a better understanding of the impact that alcohol can have on their lives. For more information, visit www.facingaddiction.org/resources/alcohol-awareness-month.